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Thursday, August 03, 2006

FederalNewsRadio - Ask the CFO - Thomas Thompson (IHS)

"Thomas D. Thompson is the Director for the Office of Finance and Accounting and Chief Financial Officer for the Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Mr. Thompson is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

As Director for the IHS Office of Finance and Accounting, Mr. Thompson provides leadership to ensure that IHS finance/budget policy and appropriations support program continuity is consistent with the mission of the IHS. He works closely with the IHS senior executives to ensure that testimony before congressional committees is accurate and timely; reflects sound business acumen that is in compliance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations; and supports self-determination aimed at the overall improvement of the health status of American Indian and Alaska Native people. Among other major duties, Mr. Thompson establishes policy and procedures for the IHS financial management function that ensure compliance with the Office of Management and Budget requirements. He directs all IHS financial management functions and budget formulation activities in collaboration with agency program and planning offices, and congressional and legislative affairs staff.

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